Muhamad Zuraidi Zulkifli

Abu Daud Abd Rahim

Zuraidi Zulkifli graduated from International Islamic University Malaysia with a LL.B (Hons) in 2016.

Upon graduation, he joined the Firm in March 2016 to undertake his pupilage under the supervision of our Partner, Abu Daud Abd Rahim.

He was called to the Malaysian Bar in March 2017 and retained as an Associate in Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group 3. Throughout his tenure, he had involved in a broad range of general litigation matters and disputes.

In December 2018, he left the Firm and pursued his Master’s Degree in University of Malaya. He completed his Master’s Degree in Commercial Law in August 2020.

In February 2019, he joined Attorney General’s Chamber as a Deputy Public Prosecutor. He has conducted numerous criminal prosecutions in the Magistrate Courts, Sessions Courts and the High Court. He was a team member in the prosecution of former First Lady of Malaysia for anti-money laundering and corruption case.

He was awarded the Excellent Service Award in 2021 by the Attorney General’s Chamber in recognition of his excellence in service as a Deputy Public Prosecutor.

He rejoined the Firm in December 2022 as Senior Associate 2 and is part of our Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group (3) under the supervision of the Partner, Abu Daud Abd Rahim.

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Abu Daud Abd Rahim
Partner

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5013

Mobile Phone:
+ 6019 326 6870

E-mail:
a.daud@azmilaw.com

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Mohd. Shah Hashim

Mohd. Shah Hashim

Mohd. Shah obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and is a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. He is an Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya and is a Licensed Company Secretary and a Trade Mark and Industrial Design Agent.

He was called to the Malaysian Bar in September 1984 and was in private practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Private Conveyancing, Banking Documentations, Government Licensing and Private Clients.

In September 1996, he joined Nestlé Malaysia as a Legal Manager and was appointed as the head of the Legal Department of the Nestlé Group of Companies in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998. His areas of responsibilities were Legal, Company Secretarial and Government Relations. Mohd. Shah was the Executive Director, Legal & Secretarial of the Nestlé Group of Companies until 30 June 2013.

During his tenure, he has been exposed and participated in various areas of legal and commercial transactions affecting the food industry, including, manufacturing, warehousing, sales and marketing, purchases of landed properties, sale and purchase of shares, licensing of intellectual properties and applications of various types of licences and fiscal incentives from the regulatory authorities.

Mohd. Shah served as the Company Secretary of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad and all of its subsidiaries and associated companies. He advises the Board of Directors on all aspects and was responsible to ensure adherence to integrity, compliance and governance of the Companies to related corporate compliance and governance requirements. In 2011/2012, he was instrumental in the setting up of a comprehensive and all-encompassing Corporate Compliance Framework for the Nestlé Group of Companies in Malaysia and Singapore.

He was also involved as an industry representative in various dialogues and discussions with the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism on the drafting of the Competition legislation since 1998, including participating in a PEMANDU Lab, prior to the passing of the Competition Act 2010.

In his capacity as the Executive Director, Legal and Secretarial of Nestlé Malaysia, he initiated a Companywide awareness program to train every employee on the impact of the Competition Act 2010, on the business operations of the Nestlé Group of Companies in Malaysia. He also had the opportunity to supervise the drafting and filing of an application for an individual exemption under the Competition Act 2010, including attending to dialogues with the Malaysia Competition Commission. In the area of Competition Law, his main interest is in the area of Competition Law Training, Competition Law Audit and Investigation and Competition Law Advocacy.

He has held various industry positions, and these include, Chairman of FMM Food Manufacturing Group, Member of FMM Branding & Intellectual Property Committee, Vice-Chair of FMM Ethical Business Practice Committee, Vice-Chairman of ICC Malaysia, Trustee representing ICC Malaysia in ASEAN CSR Network, Country Chair for Malaysia in ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance and Industry Representative in JAKIM Halal Certification Advisory Council.

He is experienced in all aspects of In-House legal issues for a Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry, Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance and Compliance requirements affecting Public Listed Companies and various aspects of the Competition Act 2010 affecting Companies with dominant market positions in Malaysia. His passion are in the areas of Compliance, Governance and Integrity.

He was attached to a small banking law firm from 2013 to 2016. He served as the Company Secretary of Asian Finance Bank, now known as MBSB Bank from September 2016 to February 2018.

He serves as Prudenz Corporate House as Chief Operating Officer, on part time basis, since July 2018. Mohd. Shah currently sits as Director of a number of companies.

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Mohd. Shah Hashim

Senior Associate 1

Direct Line:
+603 2110 5888

Mobile Phone:
+6017 322 4621

E-mail:
mohd.shah@azmilaw.com

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Syed Zomael Hussain

Syed Zomael Hussain

Syed Zomael is a qualified lawyer from India. He obtained his degree in law from the University of Calcutta, India, in 2009. He also holds a LLM in International Commercial Law (with Merit in Comparative Corporate Law) (2011), from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.

He has been actively guiding and advising clients on all kinds of corporate legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint-ventures, projects, corporate advisory, information technology laws, intellectual property, foreign investments etc.

Some of Syed Zomael’s notable assignments include:

  • Advised Groupe Lactalis (a French Dairy Group, recognised as the second largest dairy company in the world) on its acquisition of Nestle’s chilled dairy and manufacturing business/assets in Malaysia. This included conducting legal due diligence exercise on Nestle Malaysia entities and advising on transaction documents.
  • Advised Endless LLP, a UK based international private equity investor (a LLP), on its acquisition (via a company registered in the UK, as the acquisition vehicle) of subsidiaries’ shares and/or assets of Party City Holdings Inc, an American publicly traded retail chain of party stores involving a pre-completion reorganization exercise of the target group followed by acquisition of selected target entities and their subsidiaries involving the jurisdictions – USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Madagascar, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives. This included conducting legal due diligence on the target in Malaysia which is in Manufacturing business and advising on transaction documents.
  • Conducted legal due diligence on a manufacturing company in Malaysia (“Target”) for Fujifilm (“Fuji”) in relation to Fuji’s proposed acquisition of the Target.
  • Advised D&Y Textiles (a textile manufacturing company) on its inter-company transaction involving a conversion of debt to redeemable convertible preference shares exercise including preparing the relevant agreements and documents.
  • Advised KIA Corporation (a South Korean multinational automobile manufacturer) on its joint venture in Malaysia entailing importation, manufacturing and exportation of KIA branded vehicles in Malaysia.
  • Advised an Anglo-American medical products and technologies Group on an acquisition by the Group’s subsidiary (a company registered in Luxembourg) of 100% shares in another subsidiary (a company registered in Malaysia) of the Group, from a UK based subsidiary of the Group, as part of the Group’s worldwide re-organization exercise, being carried out via distribution in specie and selective capital reduction mechanisms.
  • Advised Worldwide Holdings Berhad in relation to a 1,200 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant project, including advising on relevant agreements i.e. EPC Contract and Operations & Maintenance Agreement.
  • Advised a purchaser on its acquisition of approximately 20% shares in an offshore helicopter services providing company, for more than RM500 million.
  • Advised Agrinos Inc (a USA-based fertilizer manufacturing company) on its proposed corporate restructuring exercise.
  • Advised Foot Locker (USA-based footwear retail brand) on market entry requirements in relation to its expansion in Malaysia.
  • Advised Monster Energy (USA-based beverage company) on market entry and regulatory requirements in relation to its expansion in Malaysia.
  • Conducted due diligence exercise over a local gas distribution company in India, drafted Shares Sale & Purchase Agreement, prepared statutory transfer instrument forms and related documents with respect to appointment and resignation of directors, amendments in incorporation documents, in relation to 100% acquisition of the gas distribution company.
  • Advised a Government controlled Finance Corporation in relation to 100% acquisition of a large public company operating in the power sector in India worth INR63million.
  • Advised India-based wholly-owned subsidiary (engaged in renewable energy) of a USA based leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Provided regular advisory pertaining to intellectual property, information technology laws and drafted and negotiated various agreements including but not limited to SaaS Agreements (Software as Service), Assignment Agreements, Investment Agreements, for one of the prominent e-commerce companies in India.

He has also interned with Stronachs LLP, UK (2013) (a Aberdeen-based coprorate and commercial law firm) for a brief period. He is currently attached to the Senior Partner’s Office headed by Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali.

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Syed Zomael Hussain

Director

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5135

E-mail:
zomael@azmilaw.com

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Sherena Khairul Suman

Sherena Khairul Suman

Sherena graduated from University of Cardiff with a LL.B (Hons) in 2018 and proceeded to complete the BPTC at City, University of London, being called to the Bar of England and Wales and a member of Middle Temple. She also continued to pursue her LL.M at the same University focusing on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.

During her university years, she was focused on commercial and company law matters as well as fraud and economic crime disputes.

Upon returning to Malaysia, she underwent pupillage at Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co where she worked primarily on Banking Litigation and Retail Banking matters while assisting on general dispute files. Sherena is a trained litigator from her experiences in the litigation department. Previously, she interned at Messrs Benjamin Dawson and Messrs Ariff Rozhan & Co while completing her LL.B. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in April 2022.

Some of Sherena’s assignments are as follows:-

  • Assisted in drafting Share Sale Purchase Agreements and Supplemental Agreements.
  • Assisted in advising clients on matters of foreign investment procedures and specially curated investment agreements.
  • Assisted with legal advisory for a Korean Company on forming their Joint Venture Company and their potential liabilities in dealing with manufacturers.
  • Legal Researcher for Court of Appeal and Federal Court cases.
  • Headed the retail banking cases involving the lease and auction of properties owned by the bank.
  • Frequently liaises with Heads of Government Departments on importation matters and government incentives.
  • Managing a portfolio of files and liaising with clients and solicitors for adverse parties / counter parties in particular trial matters for electricity theft, execution proceeding (auction, post auction, post auction and Land Office matter) in Banking and Finance litigation on high profile litigation cases.
  • Assisted in Summary Judgment and Default Judgment matters for corporate companies as a process of debt recovery, its cause papers, injunction and interlocutory relief.
  • Frequently assists with corporate development matters with foreign clients and solicitors.
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Sherena Khairul Suman

Associate

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5083

E-mail:
sherena@azmilaw.com

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John Vercoe

John Vercoe

John Vercoe qualified as both barrister and solicitor with over 40 years legal and commercial experience in working at leading international companies and law firms in the O&G and I.T businesses.

John is highly experienced in working successfully with international oil and gas teams in Europe, Central Asia (especially Kazakhstan), Africa, and Southeast Asia. His focus has particularly been in the upstream including HSE, and he knows the oil and gas industry and the key people in the industry very well.

John has acted for both large and small international oil and gas companies and contractors in their day-to-day business with Governments and regulatory agencies. He has participated in major oil & gas pipeline negotiations in Moscow and Kazakhstan. His experience has also included providing legal services to a major international oil and gas company in respect of its gas networks in Europe and Africa.

John was the senior legal expert in a project sponsored by the European Commission in Brussels known as Enhancement of Environmental Protection Measures in the Oil and Gas Industry of Central Asia (EPMOGI).

John was the general counsel of British Gas E&P for many years, and was involved in the huge BG privatization and then the acquisition of large international oil companies on the market.

John has worked in Kazakhstan for over six years and a stint at Shell’s headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands, having been senior attorney for Baker & McKenzie; Head of Legal Services for OKIOC, the North Caspian oil and gas joint venture leading to the discovery of the giant Kashagan field; Vice President of Legal Services for Hurricane Hydrocarbons (now PetroKazakhstan); and a partner in two international law firms, PLLG and Dr KC Mildwaters. He was also a partner at Fasken Martineau Stringer Saul, London, UK, a leading British-Canadian law firm where he specialized in O&G.

John has taken great interest in the interaction between law and business and has followed business schools programs at leading business schools, Cranfield University and Nottingham Law School, both in the UK. At BG (British Gas), he gave regular presentations and training to in-house professional staff; he has given talks and lectures on O&G at Dundee University Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy; and external conferences on gas transportation and health & safety.

Prior to being registered as a Foreign Lawyer in Malaysia, John has had a strong interest in Malaysia which stretches back to 1990. He has participated in UK Law Society missions and visited Malaysia to participate in talks and seminars concerning the Oil & Gas sector and provided advisory services on various projects.

John was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and is currently a practising solicitor in the United Kingdom. John is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (‘AIPN’) and the Energy Institute (UK).

John Vercoe joined the Firm in November 2021 as a registered Foreign Lawyer and will be the Firm’s International Energy and Oil & Gas Consultant. John has been permitted to practise in the following areas by the Malaysian Bar Council: Corporate Commercial, Energy, Oil & Gas and International Joint Venture.

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Pierre Brochet
Special Advisor, Energy and Oil & Gas

Direct Line:
+ 603 2118 5160

Mobile Phone:
+ 44 7919 415846

E-mail:
john.vercoe@azmilaw.com

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Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman

Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman

Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman has a degree of Bachelor in Law (LL.B) (Hons), 2014, from International Islamic University Malaysia.

Halimah chambered at Messrs. Mohamed Ridza & Co and was admitted to the Bar in January 2015. She subsequently became associate in the same firm and gained exposure in drafting of sale and purchase agreements as well as financing documentation for various financial institutions.

In March 2019, she made a move to join Messrs Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill but later in July 2019, she rejoined Messrs. Mohamed Ridza & Co and continued her practice until December 2020.

Halimah joined Azmi & Associates in October 2021 as a member of the FS1 PG. She has been attending to various Islamic banking and conveyancing transactions.

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Halimah Saadiyah Abdul Rahman

Senior Associate 2

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5044

Mobile Phone:
+6019 302 8700

E-mail:
halimah.saadiyah@azmilaw.com

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Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini

Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini

Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini completed her LLB Law degree from University of Surrey in 2018. In 2019, she did the Bar Professional Training Course from University of the West of England and was then called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

During her university days, she had undergone two internships. In 2017, she did her first structured internship with Zaid Ibrahim & Co and in the following year, she undertook an internship with Albar & Partners.

She was also an active member participating and organising fundraising events for the UNICEF Society during her university days.

She is currently part of Construction & Engineering Practice Group under the supervision of our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali.

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Narina Aireen Hilmy Zaini

Associate

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5084

Mobile Phone:
+6012 796 0166

E-mail:
narina@azmilaw.com

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Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain

Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain

Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain graduated from University of Essex with a LLB (Hons) in 2018. He then pursued the Bar Professional Training Course and Master of Laws (BPTC LLM) at The University of Law, London and was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 2019. As part of the BPTC LLM, he provided Pro Bono legal services in the field of Immigration under the supervision of the Legal Advice Clinic of The University of Law.

He spent the term of his pupillage at Messrs Zul Rafique & Partners where he gained a growing interest in corporate and commercial law and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in December 2020.

In pursuit of his desire to learn more about the corporate world, he joined Azmi & Associates in August 2021 as an Associate under the Construction & Engineering Practice Group which is spearheaded by our Senior Partner, Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali. He has since gained experience in several areas of law including Construction, Energy, Oil & Gas and Mergers & Acquisitions.

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Nafis Zain Safwan Majid Zain

Associate

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5080

E-mail:
nafis.zain@azmilaw.com

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Loshina Jeyaraj

Loshina Jeyaraj

Loshina Jeyaraj graduated from Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom, with an LL.B (Hons) 2nd Class (Upper) in 2018 and completed the Bar Training Course (Middle Temple) from BPP Birmingham University, UK in 2021.

She worked as Trademark Paralegal at Zaid Ibrahim & Co where she had hands on experience in Trademark by filling new applications, submitting opposition to Malaysian Intellectual Property office. She has undergone an internship with Asbir Hira Singh in 2019. During the tenure of the internship, she has explored mainly areas of law relating to medical negligence, where she was trained carrying out research tasks and transcribing cases.

She is currently undergoing her pupilage and her master is Natalia Izra Dato’ Nasaruddin.

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Loshina Jeyaraj

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5170 

E-mail:
loshina@azmilaw.com

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Asiah Siddiqah Abdurrahman

Asiah Siddiqah Abdurrahman

Asiah Siddiah Abdurrahman read law at University of Bristol and graduated with a LL.B (Hons) in 2019. 

Prior to joining Azmi & Associates in 2022, she worked under the Investigation and Enforcement Division at Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) and was later appointed as a Commission Officer. She worked as a Legal Executive at Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie) and as a paralegal at Thomas Philip Advocates & Solicitors. She was an intern at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill in 2018.  

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Asiah Siddiqah Abdurrahman

Trainee Solicitor

Direct Line:
+603 2118 5170 

E-mail:
asiah.siddiqah@azmilaw.com

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